Scholarships & Financial Assistance

With education costs on the rise, enhancing student assistance is a top priority for Acadia. Each year, we award more than $4 million to students in the form of scholarships, scholar-bursaries, bursaries, awards, and prizes. By maintaining a strong scholarship and financial assistance program, we are able to attract, retain and support our students.

As a donor to scholarships and financial assistance, you can direct your gift toward: general award funds or awards for specific departments, faculties, research, or athletic teams; any existing named awards; or you can create a personal legacy by establishing a named award yourself. By supporting scholarships and financial assistance, you can help to ensure access to all of the rewards of an Acadia education.

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Kathryn Swenson (’63) Entrance Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick

Established in 2014 by Kathryn Swenson (’63), the bursary is awarded to an entering full-time undergraduate student from New Brunswick, with a preference for Saint John. The recipient must demonstrate financial need.

From Saint John High School, Kathryn Swenson graduated from Acadia University with a BA (1963), a BEd (1965) and completed her MEd (Counselling) at the University of Maine in Orono. After teaching for a decade, Kathie continued her career in education as a leader in government at the provincial level in Nova Scotia.

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Kimberley Ann Nadeau Memorial Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Kimberley Ann Nadeau Memorial Bursary will be awarded annually to a female student with demonstrated financial need entering the Faculty of Science. Preference will be given to a student from Pictou County, NS else from Horton High School. If there are no eligible candidates for science, then consideration is to be given to a female student entering any faculty in the order previously described and failing that, any entering female student from Nova Scotia.

The bursary was established in memory of Kimberley Nadeau (BSC, Acadia, 1994) by her family in 2010. Kim began her education in the Westville, NS school system. Moving with her family she continued her education in Bridgewater, a year in France, finally graduating from Horton High. She was passionate about biology and had a love and admiration for all animals. Having graduated in 1994, she was not able to fulfill her life’s ambition as she courageously fought Hodgkin’s disease but was taken from us in the fall of 1995.

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Kimberly Meechan Bursary

Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: New Brunswick

Established in 2018 by Kim Meechan ('80, '81, '84), this bursary is awarded to a student from Moncton, New Brunswick, Preferably having attended Harrison Trimble High School, in recognition of financial need.

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